“One time, when I was very little, I climbed a tree and ate these green, sour apples. My stomach swelled and became hard like a drum, it hurt a lot. Mother said that if I’d just waited for the apples to ripen, I wouldn’t have become sick. So now, whenever I really want something, I try to remember what she said about the apples.”
― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
At some point in life, we all get stuck and struggle to find a way out. Books help us heal, get through such situations and look at the world from a different perspective. Books can entertain, inform and can speak to our minds. Life-changing books question our core beliefs and thoughts once we complete them. If you are looking for some of the life-changing books this summer you may want to check them out. Featured are the most read and appreciated the work of some of the great authors.
1. The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini
The Kite Runner is the story of Amir, a young Afgan kid who struggles to find out his space in the world because of the emotional odysseys and traumatic childhood he has experienced. He struggles with forging a good relationship with his father BABA. Along the way, readers also experience how it feels to grow in Afghanistan. The Kite Runner is a novel about relationships between Amir and Hassan, Baba and the rest of the characters and show how the stumbling blocks in relationships in our lives overlap and connect to make us the people we eventually become.
“For you, a thousand times over” – The Kite Runner
2. Tuesdays with Morrie By Mitch Albom
“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they are busy doing things they think are important. This is because they are chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning in your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to the community around you and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning” – Tuesdays with Morrie
It is a brilliant story of the reunion of an old professor and his student, A newspaper sports reporter whose life is busy filled with work and travel. This book unfolds a beautiful conversation between them on emotions, death, aging, family while imparting life-changing lessons. In today’s materialistic world this book brings one closer to life and changes one’s perspective to look at it. This helps one to understand the ultimate purpose of our lives on earth; love and kindness for all.
3. The Alchemist By Paulo Coelho
Have you ever had a dream so real that it did not let you sleep? The Alchemist is about following your dream and never losing hope. A beautiful story centers around Santiago, A young and adventures shepherded and his recurring dream. He travels around to pursue it and along the way, he learns to listen to his heart and realize that his dreams are not just his but also part of the soul of the universe. The Alchemist tells us,
“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
4. The Old Man and the Sea By Ernest Hemingway
“But man is not made for defeat,” he said. “A man can be destroyed but not defeated.”
Reading this tiny novel is such a pleasure to the soul. The Old Man and the Sea is the story of an epic struggle between an old, seasoned fisherman and the greatest catch of his life. It is a small book and it will take you maybe a day or two to read it, certainly, one of the few beautiful story mankind will ever read. Earnest Hemmingway himself consider this book the best he can write ever. The book is about “Perseverance” a beautiful story which silently inspires you while reading.
5. Wings Of Fire by Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam
The last recommendation is an autobiography of Dr. A.P. Abdul Kalam, which revolves around his personal and professional journey. This book beautifully describes every phase of his life and offers a great lesson of finding success from failures. His continuous struggle to make India successful in the sector of space and aeronautical science and the technological and political challenged Mr. Kalam faced to achieve is inspiring. It is written in a very simple language and easy to understand for everyone.